The Great Hall Balcony Bar

The Great Hall Balcony Bar

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Type of Place: Bars Museums


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is no doubt one of New York City’s greatest museums, but did you ever consider coming here for just a drink after work or a first date?  The Great Hall Balcony Bar is one of my favorite places to relax, meet with friends, and listen to classical music.

Sure, if you’re making the trip here you may want to see an exhibit or two, but nobody says you have to.  The suggested fee of the museum is $25, and supporting our great museum at this recommended charge is always appreciated if you’re going to see the art.  But, if you let them know at the entrance that you’re headed straight up to the bar, a small donation of $5 will suffice.  Once in, take the escalator up to the mezzanine and enjoy the billion dollar view (I’m talking about the art, of course).

The bar overlooks the great hall entrance and artwork from the museum’s various collections hangs on the surrounding walls.  They offer a full bar with a selection of cocktails and mocktails named for the current exhibit.  I ordered a San Tropez, a mix of vodka, Gran Marnier, cranberry juice and lime, in honor of Henri Matisse.  Matisse:  In Search of True Painting is here through  March 17th.  Also on the menu is an assortment of appetizers and desserts, like marinated olives, truffled popcorn, shrimp cocktail, artisanal cheeses, and chocolate covered strawberries.

The Great Hall Balcony Bar is not the type of place to spend the entire evening.  It closes at 8:30pm on the weekends.  But if you want a pleasurable starting point for your evening out or an ending point for a day well spent appreciating the art of our world, it will not disappoint.

  - Andrea Muller; Jan 21, 2012

The Great Hall Balcony Bar
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710